Support our Seniors and Make a Donation This GivingTuesday
November 27 is GivingTuesday, a global day when charities, companies and individuals join together to open their hearts, volunteer and donate to their favourite causes. Your generous donation to our 2018 GivingTuesday fundraising campaign will have a tremendous impact on the seniors in our care. If as a community we raised between $3,000 and $5,000, we would give over 150 long-term care residents an unforgettable heartwarming experience by providing them with tickets to enjoy our new holiday theatrical production, “If on a Christmas Night...”. Help us make this goal a reality and donate this GivingTuesday!

Villa Charities Visioning Project Concludes
Villa Charities is coming to the end of its extensive community-wide engagement project. Approximately 200 people participated in the series of 12 visioning sessions that were held for numerous constituent groups, including the local and Italian communities, young adults, seniors, cultural industry leaders, the long-term care community and health care sector, Board members and staff. We would like to express our thanks to everyone who participated in the Villa Charities Visioning Project. A comprehensive final report summarizing the findings from the visioning sessions will be shared with our stakeholders and made available to the public.

Enjoy a Presentation on Italo Calvino at our Liguria Theme Night Dinner
Join us at Ristorante Boccaccio at the Columbus Centre on Friday, November 23 at 7:30pm for our Liguria Theme Night Dinner. Indulge in a gourmet dinner of traditional Liguria recipes and regional wine as we discuss the life and work of Calvino and learn more about his literary contributions such as “Il Barone Rampante” and “Lezioni Americane.” Tickets are $80 per person, inclusive of the cultural presentation, dinner, wine, taxes and gratuities. Reserve your table today!

Previews for “If on a Christmas Night…” Begin December 4
Be among the first to see the original production of “If on a Christmas Night…”, presented by Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre from December 4 - 23. This immersive holiday show gives a voice to the audience, allowing each participant to be creative alongside the cast through a series of adventurous, comical and heartwarming scenarios, amid the backdrop of a Christmas celebration. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the holidays with this interactive theatrical experience!
 
“Food in Federico Fellini’s Drawings” Exhibition at Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery
A new exhibition of art created by legendary Italian director Federico Fellini is now open at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre. Experience Fellini’s vision of great food and creativity through 20 works of art produced at different stages of his career. Visit the exhibition in the Lower Gallery until Sunday, January 13. 

Don’t Miss the Final Screening of Classic Italian Cinema in our Cultural Tuesday Series
Enjoy a free screening of a classic Italian film as part of our Cultural Tuesdays at the Columbus Centre series. Join us Tuesday, November 27 at 7pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre, where we will be watching the classic film “Matrimonio all’italiana”, featuring the iconic actors Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Please be advised that the film will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. All of our Cultural Tuesdays events are free, and no RSVP required.

Fall Viewing Week at DanzArts Toronto
We are excited to invite all parents of our students to our Fall Viewing Week, from November 26 - December 1. This will be a great opportunity for parents to experience their child’s love of dance by watching their class to see what they have been learning throughout the term. DanzArts Toronto at the Columbus Centre offers dance classes for all ages and experience levels, including breakdancing, contemporary, ballet and musical theatre for children and teens, and barre fitness, hip-hop and dance boot camp for adults. Register today! 

You’re Invited to the Columbus Centre School of Music Winter Recital
The Columbus Centre School of Music students will showcase their talents in the upcoming recital “A Winter Spectacular” on December 2, with performances at 12pm and 3:30pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre. Registration is also open now for winter term lessons at the School of Music. Register today and discover your musical talents!

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Columbus Event Centre
Kick off the New Year with style at the Columbus Event Centre’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala! Join us for the arrival of 2019 at Sala Caboto for what is sure to be a memorable night with an antipasto bar, gourmet seated dinner, deluxe open bar, musical entertainment and lots of dancing. Tickets will be available for $110 per person ($50 for children). RSVP today!

Early Bird Registration on Now for Villa Charities Giro 2019
We are gearing up for the 13th Annual Villa Charities Giro cycling fundraiser on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the Veneto Centre in Woodbridge by offering an Early Bird Special. The first 25 individual riders to sign up online will have their $100 registration fee waived. Please note - you can only register yourself as an individual rider for the Early Bird Special. Sign up with our limited offer today and save!

Residents at Casa Abruzzo Commemorate Remembrance Day
On November 11, residents at Casa Abruzzo gathered for a communal meal and reflected on WWII during their Remembrance Day ceremony through song and prayer. One of our residents, Max Dankner, has played an integral part in organizing this ceremony by sharing his stories of military service and sacrifices made by so many during WWII.

Community Invited to Attend “Day of Recollection” at Villa Colombo Toronto
Christmas is fast approaching, and Villa Colombo Toronto has already begun preparing for the holiday by decorating and lighting our Christmas Tree. On November 26, we invite the entire community to join us for our semi-annual “Day of Recollection”, as a spiritual retreat in preparation for Christmas. Tickets are available for $42, inclusive of lunch and activities. To purchase tickets for the “Day of Recollection”, please contact Mirella Ialongo at 416-789-2113 ext. 2220. 

Villa Colombo Vaughan Events & Highlights
On November 15, the residents and staff at Villa Colombo Vaughan organized a Pastoral Appreciation Luncheon as a thank you to the priests and church volunteers who assist in all religious ceremonies on a weekly basis. Upcoming events include “Santa Day” on December 2, where the residents and their families will enjoy live music, holiday treats and get the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus. 

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